New Blog /New Book

“Needing a time-out from marriage and my career, a do-over, I had volunteered for the United Nations mission. Actually, it wasn't a new idea. In the heady days of my youth, I had been accepted to the Peace Corps after college and assigned to go to Afghanistan but chose, instead, to marry my boyfriend to …

WE NEED YOU!

Open letter to Politicians and Their Fundraisers: For the past two years, I have been at work writing my memoir, The Fourth Moment, during which time my email inbox has been inundated with hyperbolic, bogus, unscientific surveys and the inevitable request for money. We need you! Please donate! Respond to Senator ______’s (fill in the …

Binary Choices

WHEN GIVEN TWO CHOICES, I ALWAYS GO FOR THE THIRD. I doubt that I’m the first to say that, nor do I want to suggest that other people haven’t been pondering the consequences of our dichotomous thinking in the US: like-dislike, friend-unfriend, win-lose, us-them, right-wrong, prochoice-prolife, Republican-Democrat, to name a few. We set up our …

Hijabs, Sexism and More #me too

The subjectification of women, which subsumes sexual exploitation, has existed since humans walked the planet and played the roles that biology and physiology demanded in a brutal physical and uninformed environment.  In America, sexism is deeply embedded in our psyche. According to Kurt Anderson in his recent book, Fantasyland, the Puritans tried (thankfully unsuccessfully) to …

News Headlines and T-shirts

Nuclear war, sexual predators, drugs, racism, police brutality,sex abuse and incest, political scandal, gun violence, ethnic cleansing, organized crime, international money laundering, economic balkanization and inequality—all have been headlines in the past. We’ve had presidential scandals and inept politicians before, but during those crises we also had leaders, statesmen, and rational thinkers! We had the …

Affirmative Action

As I drove down the highway toward Moorhead, Kentucky, on a recent sunny afternoon, past the turning fall leaves and familiar limestone rock formations to meet a friend for lunch, I listened to “The Takeaway” on National Public Radio. According to the host, a new survey reported that fifty-five percent of white Americans believe they …